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Born of Silence (The League #5)

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  9,046 Ratings  ·  667 Reviews
Death Stalks Them All...

Kere is the second most infamous member of the shadow organization known as Sentella. An explosive engineer who strikes terror into the hearts of the League, the bounty on his head is truly staggering. No one knows his true identity.

The daughter of a traitor, Zarya Starska grew up hard on the back streets of hell- her family hunted to the brink of
ebook, 436 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie Michaels
Apr 28, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book convinced I was not going to like it. Darling has been a beloved character for me ever since the start of the series. And I was absolutely livid about the idea that after three books, Sherrilyn Kenyon was taking a character who had always been gay and making him straight. From the moment I finished the tepid Born of Shadows, the idea festered in my head. I complained about it for a year. Then I started reading this book and it blew me away from the very begi
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Hachette
Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Author’s Website:
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, The League Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone,
but I would recommend reading the series in order.
Steam Level: Steamy

I'm devastated. Simply devastated. I have been anxiously awaiting this book since before it w
Well, I was right. Sherrilyn did have a humdinger of a story here! Wow. Just wow. What a great book! I can't recommend this highly enough!
Heather C
Best in the series so far!! All the others are worth reading just to make it to this one!!

I absolutely loved this book!! All 614 pages of it (if I was still living in the Paper Age). Darling is definitely now on my list of favorite tortured heroes of all time!! What happens to Darling is possibly worse than some of what Acheron went through, but we don't have to read about it for 400 pages like we did with Ash. Its just spread out equally across the 614 pages of this book. This story is the epit
Dec 11, 2012 Bry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I even begin with how annoying and disappointing I found this book to be??

Do I start with the selfish heroine, the plot holes, the torture, or the insanely selfish heroine???

Well how about instead I start with what I liked...

DARLING! Oh, and while I thought it was a bit of a cop out that Darling ended up being heterosexual after all the hints in the other books that was not a disappointment. Although I would love to see all these romance novelists take a shot at a m-m book. Darling wa
Nov 11, 2015 Markéta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6+ stars!*********

One of my ultimate all-time favourites that I'll happily re-read time after time after time. I think that I read it at least a dozen times up to the date. And it's still not getting old.
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
We finally get to Darling Cruel's story, aka Kere, one of the most feared assassins who is allegedly gay. Allegedly as in not gay....blasphemous right? I have to admit, I felt a bit betrayed when I first heard. Wondering what in the heck Sherrilyn Kenyon could be up to, I just had to find out and boy, what a tale.

Let me just say that no one...NO ONE does a better tortured and abused hero than Sherrilyn Kenyon. If you thought Archeron's story was bad or even Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brother
Nov 20, 2012 Shy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
-spoilers within-

Honestly, I have to wonder why in the world I keep reading most of the Kenyon novels nowadays, especially when I thought I learned my lesson when Acheron came out. It used to be I was in love with a lot of the novels, mostly for the Dark Hunter series, that she wrote, but now? Now I just find myself shaking my head and trying to come up with reason why each novel only gets worse.

This was the first book I read of the series since most of the others were taken by other people at t
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I am a reluctant fan of this series, I normally find SK's writing style a teensy bit annoying, but I can't get enough of The League series.

BUT DUDE! Wasn't Darling Cruel gay? WTF is he doing with a female HEA? There better be a good explanation why suddenly breasts fascinate him again, otherwise I may have to give up!


Kere is a lethal assassin and also one of the founding members of the Sentella, an organisation whose aim is to fight injustice where they find it. But, he is also Darling Cr
Mariana Brasileiro Neves
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4.5 stars

Move over Ash, Zsadist, and any other romance hero with a tortured and tragic past... There's a new guy in town!


Darling Cruel has endured more than his fair share of abuse growing up. He's been mocked, ridiculed, locked up and beaten - and he's braved it all to save his family from a similar fate. But all of that is nothing compared to what he's suffered at the hands of his fiancée's friends. Disturbing doesn't even begin to cover it! I think I'm going to have nightmares now....


The mi
Sarah Marie
Born of Silene by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fifth in The League series

5 stars

Kere is the second most infamous member of the Sentella. He’s an explosive engineer who can scare even the toughest assassins of the League and it doesn’t hurt that he has a bounty on his head worth more than imaginable. But no one has ever seen Kere’s face, except for his other leading Sentella members, so no one knows who Kere is. Zarya Starska is a daughter of a traitor and hardly has any family left. As the leader of the Caro

*Warning: SPOILERS!!!!!!*

This is, without a doubt, my favourite The League book of all time. Possibly my favourite Sherri book of all time.l She experimented with a lot of new things this time around and didn't follow her usual pattern when it came to her plotline and characters. I mean I love all of Sherri's books but they usually follow more or less the same grid frame and structure. As per usual with paranormal romances.

The first thing that was different was that Zarya and Darling were alrea
May 06, 2012 Shauni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have stated numerous times that I would read and love anything Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote up to and including a soup can. I read Acheron and was probably one of maybe 5 people worldwide who didn’t think it was too intense. That being said, Born of Silence devastated me. It was so intense, so dark so unbearably harsh that I almost stopped reading it. Fortunately my love of all things Kenyon took over and I was able to read this story.

In Born of Silence, Sherrie has mastered the art of the tortured
Won from First Reads!

Basic Plot: Everyone thinks Kere (aka Darling Cruel), heir to the Caronese Empire is gay, but his girlfriend Zarya would beg to differ. They have to go through a lot to be together including but not limited to: surviving torture and imprisonment as well as starting a war with the League.

This was a monster of a book for a romance at 614 pages. That's a monster of a book for just about any genre except epic fantasy, come to think of it. It's hard to quantify my feelings about
May 02, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasty
I'm still processing, but this is easily one of the best books I've read in a long time. Possibly the best in the series so far. Syn is still my absolute favorite, but Darling has carved a deep spot in my heart. His story is so heartbreaking and beautiful and overwhelming... I laughed, cried, cried a little more, swooned, sighed...I ran the gamut. Zarya is one of the best female characters I've encountered in a long time. Maris will own my heart forever and ever. I have no words for my love for ...more
This installment gets close to lovable teddy bear Darling Cruel (whose name even leaves a smile on your lips) as he finally gets from under his Uncle Arturo's thumb and opens the door for his HEA with his dream lover. Also making guest cameo's were of course the Sentella and their brides to push things along and show their prowess in some great action scenes. Maris, an enjoyable character from Born of Shadows is in a featured role putting extra effort in to push the storyline forward and
I was really looking forward to this installment of the League Series. I wish I could say I liked it more than I did.

At first I thought I might be over Kenyon's style, but then I remembered that I really liked Infamous, so my dislike can't be because her style doesn't appeal to me anymore...I think it was just this book.

First of all, everyone seemed excessively whiney. Maybe it's because this was an audiobook and the reader's voice was a little overdramatic, but I just kept thinking, "If one mo
May 24, 2012 Cindyg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OMG this is such a heart wretching story.
Darling has endured so damn much pain and emotional battering.
I could hardly read it and at the same time I could not put this book down.
Darling is everything I expected him to be and all the suffering he has endured did not change the man he grew to be. His strength and determination are qualities I couldn't help but love.
I loved every word on every page; I fell asleep thinking about him and he was the first thing I thought about when I woke up.
He is b
May 13, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series in itself is hit or miss for me. Perhaps it could be the time difference between when the first books were written and when the newer ones were. This book was unbelievable to me. Her heroes always have heartbreaking pasts and Darling Cruel was no exception. I just couldn't get past the torture when the resistance held him captive. It was beyond depraved and I understand that it happens, but it was still too much for me to believe that he could come back from that so easily. Sure he w ...more
If you think Acheron was Kenyon's most tortured hero, think again. Darling Cruel can top it. But that does not make the book good. In fact: It's the worst book of Kenyon for a long time.
- the heroine is annoying, stupid, incompetent as a rebel and behaves unexcusable towards the hero
- the hero is just too good to be true
- there are endless repetions of "nobody has ever been nice to him", "nobody ever loved him" etc.
- the writing is bad
- it much too long (625 pages!): I like reading long
Feb 19, 2013 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
With this book, Sherrilyn Kenyon has lost me as a reader forever.

I read the entire book, and felt so unclean by the end that I wanted to bleach my brain.

I have nothing against the existence of torture in a book, just as I don't have a problem with sex or violence, provided it serves a purpose in developing the characters or forwarding the plot. I may cringe, or feel uncomfortable, but I can deal with it and still enjoy the book.

Nothing, nothing justifies the torture contained within these page
May 08, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book. I fell in love with this series when I read the original, back before she rewrote them and when they were spread across publishers. I was really disappointed in her one-dimensional gay characters. Apparently, the author gets all her information on gay men from 1980s sitcoms. The editing was terrible. Words that should have been plural were possessive, words that should have been possessive were plural, and some words were misspelled. I also didn't buy the ma ...more
Micky Sahi
Sep 29, 2012 Micky Sahi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished

This was approximately 300 pages of torture. I could not even bring myself to go through the remaining 50% of the book. Never again will i punish myself to read such a depressing story.
Fangirl Musings
Apr 21, 2016 Fangirl Musings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE! Read it because duh
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Ho. Ly. Shit!

Question: What is the hardest thing to do on planet Earth?

Answer: Reviewing the best damn novel written in the entire history of mankind.

Trust me y'all this ain't easy, but here goes nothing...

Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon, a science fiction paranormal fantasy romance, with crying. Lots and lots of crying. That is, my crying.

Why my crying? Well, because Good Book Noise, that's why.

These 614 pages are gonna make you care SO damn hard about Zarya and Darling, AKA pretty much
KJ Van Houten
May 07, 2012 KJ Van Houten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: Born of Silence is Book 5 in The League series, so characters and events of the previous stories will be mentioned. This is a series that does need to be read in order. (Well, most of it! Book 3 Born of Ice and the novella Fire and Ice are both set a generation ahead of the other books, so they can be held off to read later.) And yeah, I’m going to give out some SPOILERS, too…

The League series is a MUST READ for me – one of those where I’m calculating time zones to figure out how soon
Aug 04, 2014 AL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. I don't know where to begin. Kenyon always leaves me speechless with her books. She is the only author who ever reach past my defenses and stomp on my soul and in the end mends with a couple of wonderful scenes. This book caught me by surprise. I wasn't prepare for an emotional wreck. There is no word that can describe this book. The beginning of the story was a happy one finding out Darling is a heterosexual and not gay as we've been deceived all this time. But there is a reason why he ma ...more
Andie K.
We get real action at the beginning and at the end of the book. Between those it’s more about politics and Darling & Zarya’s relationship. And I loved every line.

Darling is a loveable character and not a typical macho, he’s sometimes insecure. In spite of that he’s also one of the best killing-machine, the balance between Kere and Darling is amazing. Darling is the emotionally weaker, insecure himself, while Kere is the darker, precise assassin. Kenyon did a hellish job merging these two int
Jessika Theologus
OH.MY.GOSH. I just finished reading this story for the SECOND time since it came out. I was sucked into the world of Darling, Zarya and all the other Sentella (and so many others!) world just as quickly as tye 1st time I read this! I absolutely adore every single one of the League books, but Born Of Silence has a very special place in my heart that none of the others could. (A lot like Acheron's book in the Dark Hunter series) I laughed at the crazy antics of all the characters and had tears com ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Pete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kenyon-sherrilyn
Ok, I have to start out saying that I am a huge Kenyon books fan where bitter enemies in the beginning become HEAs by the end with twists and turns and yoyo ups and downs via shocking to monstrously evil scenes being unfolded. This book excelled at the bug on a windshield back and forth from love to hate to love in a most graphic and emotional way.

The gay to hetero switch was intriguing via its lengthy revelation without irritating me like other reviewers. The torture history was somewhat impla
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“The world isn’t fair. And no matter how good and decent you are, no matter how much you give to others, someone is always going to hate you for no other reason than the fact that you breathe. You can’t help that. You can’t change people or their minds once they’ve allowed them to get twisted by hatred. But you can change how you deal with them. Never back down, but walk away when you can, fight when you must. Whatever you do don’t give them the power to hurt you. Don’t let them inside you. They’re not worth it. Live your life for yourself. Stay true to yourself and if they can’t see the beauty that is you, it’s their loss. Let the bitterness take them to their graves. Spend your time on what matters most. Being you and appreciating the people who see you for who and what you are. The people who love you, and the ones that you love. They are all that matter. Let the rest go to hell.” - Drux Cruel” 101 likes
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